Investigation into Boston Pharmacy That Started in 2009 Winding Down

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

THOMAS COUNTY, GA -- April 20, 2012 -

Back in late 2009, Boston Pharmacy on Main St. in Boston, Georgia was involved in a bust.

"They were basically selling hydrocodone without prescriptions," said Thomasville-Thomas County Narcotics Commander Kevin Lee.

Pharmacist James Murphy had been arrested for trafficking hydrocodone. Two others, Arnolfo Capistran and Myrtie Luna, both Boston residents, were also arrested. Narc agents say they were selling the pills on the streets.

Today, the pharmacy remains open, under new ownership that has tried to distance itself from this case.

"Basically the reason we're here in Boston is to serve people, that's what a pharmacist goes to school for that is to serve people," said new owner Ralph Griffis.

Griffis has been in the pharmacy business for more than 50 years. He thought it was important to take on this pharmacy after the bust because of the needs of Boston's elderly population.

"We're here to serve the purpose of them not having to go out of town to get their prescriptions," said Griffis.

Narcotics agents say that the investigation is winding down on the previous owners, but the impact of the illegal trafficking remains.

"Kind of like a doctor, you trust this person to do the right thing and give you the right medication and make sure these people have prescriptions. When they don't, it sets the whole community back," said Lee.

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  • by wordless Location: Ga on Apr 25, 2012 at 09:54 AM
    I thought it was funny to watch the paper to see who was going to retire next.Yes maybe old news but I still want to see out come. Find it very funny that since there was some people involved that walked away and was not held accountable for their actions.I maybe mistaken but I thought they had to take a oath when they became a officer. If this would have been Joe Blow off the street he would still be in jail awaiting trial. I know someone is going to say well Joe Blow had a record so he had a record these were men that had to take a oath to PROTECT and SERVER. These things should not be taken lightly . Show me where it is ok for them to do drugs and arrest someone else for doing the same thing they are doing. Now someone is going to say it ways pills not drugs sad truth my friend it is a drug might be a pain pill but it is still habit forming. Fact is they have done it for years and my guess still are just not with a badge.I understand the 3 years it took but don't understand the double standers.
  • by gaboy Location: ga on Apr 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM
    its a cover up.local cops and the good ole boys in thomas county are involed in this... surprized that we are even hearing about it again
  • by Todd Location: Thomasville on Apr 21, 2012 at 05:05 PM
    Arrest the ones who were in law enforcement at the time? NOT in Thomas County!! Maybe if this had occurred in Leon County.
  • by Darien Location: Tville on Apr 21, 2012 at 07:38 AM
    don't you think going on 3 years is a little too long?
  • by Deryl Location: Thomaville on Apr 20, 2012 at 05:26 PM
    Leave it alone no one cares old news
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      by Anon on Apr 21, 2012 at 06:34 AM in reply to Deryl
      Maybe you don't care, but lots of us do. Can't believe it took this long. Throw the book at them, and don't forget to go after the ones who didn't have legitimate prescriptions, but got the drugs anyway. Especially the one(s) who got the drugs that were working in law enforcement at the time.
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